Friday, June 22, 2012

The Champagne Gang

Posted by A Drop of Romeo at 10:53 PM
The Champagne Gang by punkturnedwriter
..."Does that kiss have anything to do with why we're on a train to New York in the middle of the night?"

Amy Thinks: I can sum up my feelings about The Champagne Gang in six simple words: STOP. GO READ NOW. DO IT!

However, this story deserves so much more than just that simple declaration. I cannot tell you how much I love it. It's everything in one: heartbreaking, frustrating, captivating, drama, romance... I could go on and on. We follow Summer Ward as she's trying to not only trying to find a place at Thornton – a private school that is home to the most beautiful and wealthy of Linbury's inhabitants – but also as she tries to keep her already torn apart family from completely destructing. Things aren't easy when she manages to get on the Queen Bee of Thornton's bad side before classes even begin. And when one of the It boys, the ever charming and devastatingly handsome Nathan, starts taking an interest to her, the torture from Queen Roxanne increases. Then comes in mysterious, quiet, brooding Zach Gellar, and the flip flopping of going from favoring him to Nathan and vice versa begins.

Nathan wants nothing more than for Summer to open up to him, be his friend, and ultimately his girlfriend. He wants to prove to her that he isn't the typical panty chasing, womanizing, rich boy he was when they first met. She brings out the knight in shining armor in him. As the story goes on, he's seemingly perfect and the polar opposite to Zach. Zach and Summer feud constantly, but it's because of that a friendship forms. It's a no bullshit type of relationship. He tells her when she's being a pain in the ass scholarship girl, and she tells him when he's being an arrogant asshole.

There are some typos and missing words here and there throughout the chapters, and the last few chapters may feel a bit rushed, but overall, it is truly an amazing story. Although twenty three chapters isn't long, beware, for it's over two hundred thousand words. It's worth it though, because punkturnedwriter manages to create this wealthy environment one can only imagine, yet still manages to keep Summer down to earth as she discovers who she is, that everything is not in her control, and she isn't the one to solve everyone's problems. If you're like me, you'll be pulled to both sides of the Nathan-Summer-Zach love triangle: one minute wanting Nathan, the boyfriend fairytale princes aspire to be and the next wanting Zach and his passionate, raw, and challenging persona. Even if he is an ass.The Champagne Gang is a Fictionpress classic, and after reading, you'll see why she deserves the almost four thousand reviews.

Now seriously, if you're still reading this, take the advice I gave in the beginning. I can guarantee you'll be as enamored with it as much as I am and will go back and read it again and again and again.


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